6 Best Motorcycles of 2016

aprilia-tuono-v4-1100rrEvery year, bikers anticipate the new, awesome line-up of motorcycles that’ll be released in the upcoming year. Though most of us will never be able to try out all of these bikes, it’s fun to shop around and see what features are available and what reviews say about them. These bikes have been out for a while now, so we can get a clear idea of how they handle and which ones are the best to ride. Though opinions may vary, I’ve created a list of some of the best bikes of 2016.

  • Suzuki SV650

This bike is a great throwback to the original model from 1999 that was adored by many bike enthusiasts. The bike has the same look as the original and also uses the same engine and frame, though Suzuki assures the buyer that many parts were switched out and it isn’t merely a reissue of the classic. The horsepower is around 75 and the bike is lighter than its predecessors, which makes for a great ride.

  • Ducati Scrambler Sixty2

This Ducati bike has a great streamlined look, like a cross between two dirt-track and street fighter bikes. Because Ducati makes such high-quality bikes and it also based in Italy, these motorcycles can get pretty expensive, sometimes ranging over $10,000, though this bike is more affordable. It’s light, only around 400 pounds, and has a 399cc Twin engine, which means it isn’t as fast as some other models, though I think it makes up for it. The bike is fairly low to the ground, so it’s ideal for shorter or newer riders.

  • Kawasaki Z800

For a sportbike, the Z800 is ideal. It’s minimalist and the rider sits upright enough that you’ll be comfortable while riding, but it’s still a street 4905bike. This is the first year for this bike, so there will be a definite improvement in the years to come that will make it even more formidable.

  • Honda CBR300R

Honda has once again delivered with a sportbike that is affordable but doesn’t skimp on great features and an awesome ride. The newest version of this bike handles the highway better than previous models but is still good for canyon riding. It has a low weight (under 400 pounds) and is pretty sensitive. It even has ABS, which means it can be ridden when the roads are wet.

  • Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

While this bike isn’t cheap (it’s around $15,000), it’s quite affordable by Harley-Davidson standards. It’s lower than other Harley-Davidson bikes and also offers a great, sleek look. The Softail Slim is old-school and has a 103 cu-in motor that packs a huge punch. If you have some extra cash, check out the S model that has even more features.

  • BMW G310R

Though this bike only has a 300cc engine, which is much smaller than BMW’s usual for bikes, it’s the company’s first attempt at an entry level bike. The quality of this bike exceeded expectations, considering it’s BMW’s first attempt with such a small bike. The motorcycle has ideal weight distribution and it’s a thrill to ride.

Essential Tips from A Motorcycle Mechanic

Millions of people own and ride a motorcycle every day. Most of these individuals have been riding for some time while other are just beginning their motorcycle riding experience. Regardless of a rider’s experience or skill, the following essential tips from a motorcycle mechanic can help them to get the best ride of their lives, while out on the road.

Keep a Good Set of Tools on your Bike

All motorcycle riders should have a good set of tools on their bike. These tools should be kept inside of their bike’s storage compartment and they should include items such as pliers, multi-meter, chain breaker, riveter, socket, torque wrench and other types of tools that would be useful for handling minor repair problems while out on the road.

A Rider should know their Bike’s Estimated MPG and Fuel Capacity

Motorcycle riders should know how far they can travel on their bike and they should also know much fuel their bikes can hold. The reason being is that some cycles have fuel gauges and others do not. Some manufacturers choose not to place this meter onto a bike. Knowing this information can help a rider not to get stuck in a remote place because they ran out of gas.

Inspect your Bike before you Ride

Motorcycle mechanics strongly encourage riders to inspect their cycles before they ride. This is important for detecting problems before getting onto the road. People who do not take this action could end up dealing with a big problem while they are out riding.

Maintain a Maintenance Schedule

A rider must maintain a maintenance schedule to ensure that their bikes are running in optimal condition. They should inspect fluids (yes, motorcycles need fluids) and their engine. Tires, hand grips and other parts of the bike should be inspected for problems as well. Once again, this will help to avoid problems before getting out onto the road.

Make sure you can Control a Bike before you Buy it

A good motorcycle mechanic will tell riders not to purchase a bike that they cannot control or handle while out on the road. Even if they do not end up crashing or injuring themselves; they can do a lot of damage to a bike by simply tearing it up during their ride. The point is that no one should purchase a motorcycle that they cannot keep under their control or take care of while it is in their possession.

Other tips include purchasing anti-lock brakes for superior stopping power. Getting a cover for your bike to protect it from the elements when you’re not riding is also highly recommended. These tips will definitely help any motorist to ensure that their bike is being properly maintained and is ready for the road. You can find out more about these tips from Motorcycle Cruiser and Rides Apart.

Daredevil Robbie Maddison and His Famous Oceanic Motorcycle Ride

The daredevil Robbie Maddison had been involved in a variety of stunts but the most original and crazy stunt was riding his motorcycle on water. A video was made of Robbie showing him and his motorcycle riding the waves of Tahiti.

Other Amazing Stunts Robbie Maddison Has Performed

Other stunts he has previously accomplished include back flipping the Tower Bridge in London while it was open, making a 300 foot leap across Greece’s Corinth Canal, a nearly 400 foot jump over a San Diego Bay boat inlet, and a 351 foot jump over the F1 Track in Melbourne. His most famous stunt was in Las Vegas when he jumped onto a replica of France’s Arc de Triomphe then jumping back down.

How This Stunt Was Done

The motorcycle water ride was accomplished using ski-like devices that were attached around the wheels of the bike. Maddison came up with these devices himself with the front ski in the shape of a snowboard, while the back was shaped like a surfboard.

Practice Runs

The filming of the stunt took three weeks on two separate surf breaks. Prior to filming, he made a test run on Mission Bay in San Diego. He completed three laps totaling seven and a half miles. When him and his crew got to Tahiti, it was challenging changing from the cold freshwater he had rode on before and the warm salt water there.

Preparation

He went through a total of six different bikes that were rebirthed ten times a piece. Everything on the bikes had to be sealed tightly so no gas or oil was leaked into the ocean. During the final day of filming, he wiped out on a wave twenty-five foot high.

Combining Surfing and Motorcycles

Maddison grew up surfing in Australia and just had to bring his two favorite pastimes together for this stunt. He used the fundamentals of aquaplaning to help him and his bike ride on the surface of the water. Both the customizations he made to the bike and a very high rate of speed helped him to remain on the top of the water for such a long period of time.

You can watch a clip of the video here. Robbie Maddison is an amazing daredevil who has successfully performed some truly dangerous and exciting stunts. This new addition to his stunt history will be talked about for years to come.

7 Motorcycle Rides in the Wild, Wild, West

Feeling the wind on your face, blowing your hair, the feeling of flying. These are the feelings of riding a motorcycle. There is nothing like cursing over the road, being part of the world. You can’t get these feelings being inside a car. To be part of it you have to ride a motorcycle. There is no better place to enjoys the joys than in the West. Mountains, valleys, twist and turns the West has it all.

Here are some of the best routes to check it out on your bike.

1) Pacific Coast Highway, Carmel to Morro Bay, in California
This part of the Pacific Coast Highway runs for 120 miles. You’ll see crashing surf, towering redwood trees, acres of curves and beaches covered with seals. The Highway has many turnouts that allow you to take in the sights.

2) Peak to Peak Highway in Colorado
This highway runs only 60 miles but it’s worth it. Peak to Peak extends north along highway 72 and 7 before dropping to Estes Park. The highway runs through Rocky Mountain vistas and through the National Park. Moose and elk can be seen so be careful if you choose to ride.

3) Beartooth Highway through Montana and Wyoming
This ride runs for 68 miles of Highway 212, starting at the Red Lodge in Montana and ending at the northern gateway of Yellowstone National Park. Ride through above tree line tundra and high alpine meadows.

4)Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana
This ride is only available in summer and goes for 50 miles but it’s worth it. Ride up and down and through twist and turns. 3,000 ft above Lake McDonald and 6,646 summit at Logan Pass. If you look closely you can see big horn sheep and mountain goats.

5) Grand Staircase- The Escalante National Monument Ride in Utah
Includes spectacular views of Eroded scenery and runs through Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Parts, and Petrified Forest State Park. The trail is 115 miles long follows the Rio Grand between Candelaria and Presidio Texas.

6) San Juan Mountain Skyway in Colorado
You can start anywhere on this route and go in any direction, you wont be disappointed. Ride over 14,000 foot mountain peaks and view red rock canyons, amazing river valleys, and hot springs.

7) The Three Sisters (aka The Twisted Sisters) in Texas
This 131 mile route starts in Media Texas. The ride views clear rivers and twisty like mountain curves around real J.R. Ewing Texas style ranches. Plan time for fishing as the Nueces River is home to large and small mouth bass and the native Guadalupe bass but watch out for gators.

Riding the open road, feeling the wind, and being part of the country is part of motorcycling. The west has royal views throughout the expansive range to enjoy.

Motorist Confessions: What You Don’t Know About Riding A Motorcycle

Everyone wants to ride a motorcycle, but they never really understand all of the things that go into owning and riding a motorcycle. From experience, I had friends who would come up to me and say “that looks so easy, I can ride that thing”, when in all actuality they had no idea of the technique and knowledge that a person needs when deciding to be a motorist.

Here I wanted to confess not only to my friends but to every other person the hidden truths and responsibilities that come along with riding on the open road. If you’re still tempted to be a part of the “bike life” after reading this, then you have what it takes to be a part of the motorcycle community.

 

  • We Drive Way too Fast

Yes, this is true, many of us who take on the challenge of riding a motorcycle can admit that at times we drive way too fast (especially on open roads)

  • Other Drivers Hate Us

Maybe it’s because we can squeeze into compact spaces or cut them off in the middle of the road, but drivers just seem to hate us motorist.

  • Wearing Protective Gear is Important

You may see it time and time again, people riding on a motorcycle without wearing the proper equipment. This should never! Wearing protective gear protects your from any debris or potential harm that can be done while riding.

  • It is NOT Like Riding A Bicycle

This has to be my favorite misconception of motorcycle riding! It is not like riding a bike and should be taken seriously! Before I rode my first motorcycle I had to learn the gears, shifts, and changes. It is not as simple as pushing your legs and keeping upright.
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